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    Quarterly Unstuck Church Report

Download the Q2 2023 Unstuck Church Report

Every quarter, The Unstuck Group compiles all the data we’ve collected to monitor trends in churches, primarily in North America.

For this quarter’s report, we are focusing on staffing trends in churches of various sizes. These trends reflect data collected during the four weeks between April 10 and May 5, 2023, providing a very current snapshot of ministries of all shapes and sizes.

the unstuck church report q2 2023

Church Staffing Data & Trends

We received survey responses from 337 churches that ranged in size from less than 100 to more than 10,000 in physical attendance for worship gatherings. The average in-person attendance of churches that participated was 820 people.

This special edition of the Unstuck Church Report features key takeaways from the most recent survey results in the areas of:

  • Staffing & Ministry Trends
  • Staffing Data by Ministry Type
  • Staffing by Generation
  • Leveraging Contractors
  • Staffing Practices
  • Special insights on staffing expenses, budgets, contractors and more from report sponsor Christian Financial Resources

Thanks to a growing number of church leaders responding to the survey, we were able to include a summary of the data by church size again in this quarter’s report.

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. Started in 2009, The Unstuck Group has served 500 churches throughout the United States and several countries around the world. Previously, Tony served on the senior leadership teams of three rapidly growing churches including NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He has five published books including, The Unstuck Church, and, with Amy Anderson, he hosts The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month.


  • Thank you for the updated Q2, 2023 report. It is a great resource you provide. When considering the staff to people-in-attendance ratios, how do you best count people-in-attendance when the attendance patterns have shifted? There may be 500 people fully committed to the church and 250 in attendance each week. The 500 still need care, follow up, discipleship, prayer, etc., but the number of people that show up in any given week is less. So to evaluate how you are doing against recommended ratios, what is the best way to determine this? Do you use the 500 committed people or the 250 average attendance?

    • Hi Bryan, We use average weekly attendance to determine these ratios.

    • Hi Rhonda, Thanks for reaching out! I have sent the Q2 2023 report to your email.

  • Hi there. Is there a way to get a copy of this specific Q2 2023 report. When I request it, I am sent the most current report for 2023 which is about multi site strategy, which is great, but I’d specifically love to see this Q2 report. Let me know if there’s somewhere I can go to access.

    • Hi Diana, Thanks for reaching out! I’d be happy to send you the report via email.


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